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Last week, Fango premiered the latest trailer for Brian Metcalf’s fantasy-horror flick FADING OF THE CRIES, and today we’ve got some exclusive pictures along with comments on the film from the aformentioned writer/director and its star, Brad Dourif. Read on for more!
FADING OF THE CRIES tells the story of Jacob (Jordan Matthews), a young man armed with a deadly sword who saves teenaged Sarah (Hallee Hirsh) from Mathias (Dourif, HALLOWEEN, CHILD’S PLAY), a malevolent evil who has begun plaguing a small farmland town while in search of an ancient necklace that had belonged to Sarah’s uncle (Thomas Ian Nicholas of AMERICAN PIE).
Jacob sets out to get Sarah home safely, running through streets, fields, churches and underground tunnels, while being pursued by hordes of demonic creatures. Along the way, both come to terms with the demons within themselves: Sarah begins to understand her hatred toward her mother (Elaine Hendrix) and sister (Mackenzie Rosman of Fango’s THE TOMB) may be unjustified, and Jacob discovers the secrets of his past, realizing the only way to truly defeat the demons is to return to the very place his family was murdered.
CRIES’ trailer portends a film with a wealth of scope, ambition and creativity, which also suggests a good deal of risk given its low budget. “Because I had worked in visual effects before I knew I had bitten off a very, very big chunk,” Metcalf tells Fango. “It was very daunting, of course, but I was able to help pull in a lot of favors from friends who work in the visual effects industry and other people who would normally cost a lot of money. We all banded together and made the film.
“I’ve been a fan of anime and comic books and stuff like that, and I’ve always liked zombie films,” the filmmaker continues. “I wanted to create a unique zombie film that didn’t have just a group of survivors running from zombies, using guns and shooting them in the head. I wanted to do something that had someone really at the head of all of them and I wanted to create something that would be a really fantastical world, but in modern times. That’s what we tried to achieve and hopefully we did that.”
FADING OF THE CRIES also boasts one of horror’s best and most underrated stalwarts in its cast, Dourif, who, thanks to a turn in the LORD OF THE RINGS films, is no stranger to the fantastic. “Brian just contacted my agent and I read the script and said, ‘You know, I could be this guy.’ And so, I did. It was really that simple,” says Dourif. “This is not the first time I’ve done a fantastical world. It’s a little different, most of this is CGI and THE LORD OF THE RINGS we had full sets that were extraordinarily detailed.”
“I just want to add that Brad had actually been my first pick for this character since I came up with the villain,” Metcalf adds. “I actually did not have a plan B if I did not get Brad.”
FADING OF THE CRIES is due for completion in September, and while it’s been presold to some regions internationally, Metcalf won’t begin searching for U.S. distribution until then. Stay tuned for updates right here.
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